In Memoriam: Barry Taylor

Co-founder of The Taylor Family Foundation passed away on November 16; leaves behind legacy of love, family, and philanthropy




Courtesy of Ttff.org

The entire team at Diablo Publications is saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Taylor, co-founder of The Taylor Family Foundation. Taylor, a tremendously generous philanthropist, died Saturday after experiencing a massive heart attack. Diablo has had a long relationship with Taylor and the non-profit foundation named for his family's efforts to help seriously ill children by providing programs at Livermore's Camp Arroyo every summer.

"Barry Taylor has been my friend for more than 30 years," says Diablo's founder and president Steve Rivera. "During this friendship, he lived his life as if each day was his last and he did so with purpose, kindness, compassion, passion, and curiosity. It pains me deeply to lose such a wonderful person because he was truly a gift. Although I miss him already, I know I'll always feel his spirit at my side; that's what I call a meaningful life. I love you, Barry Taylor!"

News of Barry Taylor's passing reached all corners of the Bay Area non-profit community on Sunday, as his involvement with a range of important causes and charitable organizations is well known in the area. ABC7 news ran this story on Sunday, mentioning Barry's contributions to our community as a tireless philanthropist. Diablo has covered The Taylor Family Foundation's annual Day in the Park fundraiser, since its earliest years, in the Taylors' Lafayette backyard. What started as something wonderful—a fundraiser to benefit children with AIDS—grew into something incredible: a cutting edge camp facility in Livermore offering summer programs for children with HIV/AIDS, cancer, skin disease, Celiac disease, and a range of other illnesses. Programs are provided to campers completely free of charge.

Barry Taylor was always happy to let his wife (and Taylor Family Foundation co-founder) Elaine take the microphone to champion the mission of TTFF and Camp Arroyo, but both co-founders worked tirelessly for their cause. Barry will be missed by his friends and family, and by the many, many people whose lives were changed for the better because of his compassionate dedication to helping the neediest in our community.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Taylor family at this time.

Thank you, Barry.

Click here to learn more about The Taylor Family Foundation.

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